The Heilbronner-Hückel Lecture Series was implemented in 2009 with the first series in 2010 together with the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh). The annual series takes place alternatively in Switzerland and Germany.

Program 2015: Prof Paul Knochel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

«Polyfunctional Organometallics for Organic Synthesis»

  • Monday, May 4: ETH Zürich (host Peter Chen)
  • Tuesday, May 5: EPFL Lausanne (host Jieping Zhu)
  • Wednesday, May 6: University of Bern (host Philippe Renaud)
  • Thursday, May 7: University of Basel (host Andreas Pfaltz)


The series is named after the chemists Edgar Heilbronner, born in Munich in 1921 and passed away in Herrliberg in 2006, and Erich Hückel, born in Berlin 1896 and died in Marburg in 1980.

Edgar Heilbronner emigrated together with his wife to Switzerland because of the Nazi regimes and studied chemistry in Zurich at the ETH where he also habilitated later on. In 1968 we changed to University of Basel.
Erich Hückel studied physics and mathematics at the University of Göttingen and habilitated at ETH Zurich as well. 

Past Lecture Tours

2010    Jürgen Troe, Max Planck Institut, Göttingen
2011 Andreas Pfaltz, University of Basel
2012 Joachim Sauer, Humbold University Berlin
2014 Stefan Matile, University of Geneva
2015 Paul Knochel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München



David Spichiger, SCS